WOODSTOCK -- Take an overflowing cup of youthful passion, add a cup of classical training, a pinch of creativity, a sprinkle of derring-do and a dash of a genuine desire to please, and you've got Seth Wells, the chef whipping up culinary delights at the Cafe Nights at Woodstock Cafe.
FRONT ROYAL -- Fairfax resident Minho Kim says he and his wife's Japanese restaurant, Momoyama, has blossomed into a popular dining area in Washington since they opened the business in 2004. Some critic reviews and online blogs seem to agree.
WINCHESTER -- So who exactly is Jian Lu? "People call me all kinds of names," he said, laughing. "Dishwasher, too." But actually, the co-operator of Mimosa Asian Fusion Restaurant in Winchester is a man with great passion for his up-and-coming Asian-American eatery, sandwiching the duties of an owner enthusiastically with the less-glamorous roles of table waiting and dishwashing.
FRONT ROYAL -- Tommy Jones is back home to spend time with relatives and see some familiar faces -- and serve up some steaks and seafood in the process. Perhaps history -- as the slogan for Jones' new restaurant touts -- never tasted so good. Jones, 43, opened the Stonewall Jackson Restaurant on 915 N. Royal Ave. for business last month.
The Union Jack Pub & Restaurant is Winchester's newest "it" eatery. The pub, which opened a little more than a week ago, beckons visitors to its historic space on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, across from the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum.